Anheuser-Busch bet big on hydrogen fuel for its semitrailer trucks Thursday. The Budweiser beermaker announced it would buy up to 800 big rigs from Nikola Motor Company by 2025 and nearly replace its entire dedicated corporate fleet with trucks powered by renewable energy. The agreement is largely contingent on Nikola building hydrogen refueling stations across the country, mostly along Anheuser-Busch’s frequently used routes. Nikola said in a statement that it expects to have more than 700 hydrogen fueling stations across the U.S. by 2028. The stations will be open to the public, owned by Nikola, and available for use by hydrogen-powered cars. Nikola said it would have two stations operational by the end of 2018 and that 28 more have been ordered from its supplier. The stations would be powered by sustainable energy sources such as wind or solar to produce the hydrogen. The announcement follows Anheuser-Busch’s commitment to buy 40 semi-trucks from Tesla last year. Ingrid … [Read more...] about Budweiser-maker taps Nikola for up to 800 hydrogen-powered semi trucks
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Diesel is dead, petrols are to be outlawed and the future is all-electric. So scream the headlines and it’s true that the long-term future of conventionally fuelled vehicles seems to be bleak but is the future really going to be all about battery-powered electric cars? While they steal most of the coverage at the moment there are car makers out there examining alternatives, with several, including Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Honda and Mercedes pouring billions of pounds into the world of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEV). Toyota already have the Mirai, Hyundai’s largely experimental IX35 Fuel Cell is being replaced by the more mainstream Nexo early next year and Kia have promised that alongside their plug-in and EV range they will have a fuel cell car on the roads by 2020. So what are FCEV and are they really an alternative to the growing tide of EVs? The science bit Simply put, an FCEV is an electric car where the motor or motors is powered by electricity created by the … [Read more...] about Are hydrogen cars the transport of the future?
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017Enlarge PhotoWithin the next two years, three different hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be offered to California buyers in small numbers. The 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle went on sale in California at the end of 2016, and 2018 models just went on sale. The Toyota Mirai has also been available in California since 2016, giving California buyers a choice of zero-emissions fuel-cell cars. Hyundai, too, offered a fuel-cell version of its previous Tucson SUV until recently, albeit only for lease. DON'T MISS: 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell: first drive of hydrogen-powered sedan Nevertheless, skepticism remains among some analysts and green-car fans--often including electric-car advocates--about the ultimate viability and practicality of hydrogen-fueled vehicles in North America. In discussions with one of those three automakers, we suggested that it would behoove their product executives to be ready to … [Read more...] about Earth Day: 10 Questions On Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars To Ask Toyota, Honda & Hyundai
Electrify America Level 2 chargers with Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan LeafEnlarge PhotoTired of not being able to find a fast charging station near the stuff you need to buy? Not anymore. Electrify America, an organization born out of the Volkswagen emissions settlement, plans to install an unspecified number of DC fast-charge stations at 100 Walmart stores across the country. Not only should this give electric car drivers a convenient place to charge while they buy groceries and other essentials, it may also play an important role in making fast electric car chargers a common sight for mainstream American Walmart shoppers. Electrify America says that the Walmart installations will include DC fast chargers with up to 350-kw of power that can replenish 20 miles of range per minute—plenty to fill up your 200-mile electric car while you shop. The company notes that that's about seven times faster than most of today's fast chargers outside the Tesla Supercharger network. The fast … [Read more...] about Really fast electric-car charging stations coming to a Walmart near you.
Tesla threw down a gauntlet a few months back. It would build a new Tesla Roadster, Tesla claimed, that would go from zero to 60 in less than two seconds. That was such a wild claim that no one has managed to even aim for it. Until now. Pininfarina is entering the mix. Yes, that Pininfarina. But also not that Pininfarina. It’s complicated. First, however, the car. Details are scant at the moment, but Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke told Automotive News that the thing is lining up to be some sort of giant slayer: The first model from the brand, however, will be a nearly 2-million-euro electric car capable of going 0 to 100 kph (0 to 62 mph) in less than 2 seconds. “It will be a true hypercar,” Perschke said of the model, which is due in 2020 and is expected to have a range of 500 km (300 miles). Of course, a 300 mile range is less than half Tesla’s claimed range on the new Tesla Roadster. On the other hand, the Tesla Roadster doesn’t … [Read more...] about Pininfarina Wants To Build A $2 Million Electric Car To Rival Ludicrous Speed
BMW will enter the Formula E championship next season, but that’s not the only electrified race program on the German automaker’s radar. According to Motorsport, BMW is also interested in building a hydrogen-electric prototype racecar that would contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The idea of an electric prototype racer for Le Mans in nothing new, but with a major manufacturer like BMW backing it, the highly ambitious idea seems more feasible now than it ever has. Other proposals, such as the electric Panoz-Green4U LMP, would rely on energy dense battery packs and battery swaps to race for 24 hours, whereas a hydrogen LMP would be able to refuel like a regular race car without burning fossil fuels. “It would be a technology to consider for a race application in endurance racing and it is something we could look at in the future from a prototype point of view,” BMW Motorsport … [Read more...] about BMW Wants to Build a Hydrogen Electric Race Car
First model will rival the Bugatti Chiron Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Pininfarina has rolled out a slew of electrified car concepts, and now we know why. The renowned Italian design firm, acquired by Mahindra & Mahindra a few years ago, is relaunching as an electric car brand. Headquartered in Europe, Automobili Pininfarina will design, engineer, and manufacture luxury electric vehicles. The brand will utilize Pininfarina’s design background as well as the knowledge Mahindra has gained from its experience in the Formula E championship. As of this writing, Mahindra is ranked No. 3 in the current standings, behind DS Virgin Racing and Techeetah. Pininfarina’s first model will be an electric hypercar scheduled to arrive in 2020. The EV maker hasn’t provided additional details, but according to Autocar, the new model will use modular underpinnings … [Read more...] about Pininfarina Relaunches as Electric Car Brand
Motoring by Press Association 14/03/2018, 5:28 pm Updated: 14/03/2018, 5:35 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Metropolitan Police Service has bought 11 hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirais, which will give it the largest hydrogen-powered police fleet in the world. The cars were bought with help from an EU-funded grants programme as the Met works to expand the number of zero and low-emission vehicles in its fleet as part of the Mayor of London’s clean air strategy. Some of the Mirais are marked and some unmarked, meaning they can be used for both overt and covert operations, in addition to general purpose use. These zero-emission vehicles only produce water as a by-product of the fuel cell process, which turns hydrogen into electricity in order to power the car. There are five hydrogen fuel filling stations in London, with more set to be installed over the next few months and years. One tank of hydrogen should be … [Read more...] about Metropolitan Police buys fleet of hydrogen-powered patrol cars
Drivers take turn 11 at Circuit of the Americas pretty slowly. It’s tight, and they’ll only hit about 60 miles per hour, depending on the car. Then they’ll charge down the main straight, a three-quarters-of-a-mile descent that lets the right machine clear 200. As I stand in the grandstands before turn 12, a black-and-gold racecar quickly fills my field of view. It’s Texas-hot in Austin today, close to 90 and humid, but the car brings a wind with it. The wind is made of noise. Fans come to Formula One races for this kind of sensory experience. When the series spun up in 1946, following the exhaustive end of World War II, fantastic machines replaced the terrifying cacophony of bombs with the joyful chorus of speed-linked sound. Over the years, millions of fans have swarmed the edges of racetracks to hear F1’s roar. But you don’t just hear an F1 engine. You feel it. As the car flies by the grandstand, the concussive wave emanating from its eight … [Read more...] about How will Formula One reckon with electric cars?
Electric trucks are a hot topic these days. Elon Musk says the Tesla Semi will be shown publicly on October 26. It will have a range of 200 to 300 miles, according to reports. Musk says interest from the trucking industry is so strong, most company executives only ask how many can they get and how soon can they get them. Cummins announced earlier this month that it also is hard at work on electric trucks for hauling freight. Its focus is on Class 7 drayage trucks with a range of 100 miles. Just as with electric cars, range and recharging times are critical considerations. Tesla has recently filed for a patent on a battery swapping system, which many people think is intended for the Tesla Semi. (It might be, but then again it might not be.) The thinking is that after 200 to 300 miles of driving, the depleted battery could be swapped out for fully charges unit while the driver grabs a cup of high octane coffee prior to heading out on the next leg of a journey. Cummins says its 145 kWh … [Read more...] about Nikola Motors And Bosch Team Up For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Trucks